Why photos and videos are keys to winning your case

By William J. Price

phoneThe aftermath of an accident can be chaotic, and it’s easy to become distracted by everything going on at the scene. While anyone who was injured should seek immediate medical attention, it’s also critical to be sure a family member or friend is taking photos and videos to document the scene. Continue reading “Why photos and videos are keys to winning your case”

Learn from Elk & Elk attorneys at these upcoming legal seminars

Elk & Elk attorneys are often invited to share their extensive experience in personal injury law and related subjects at local seminars and continuing legal education programs.

Join members of our team at these upcoming events: Continue reading “Learn from Elk & Elk attorneys at these upcoming legal seminars”

Do you need a doctor’s note for time off of work after an injury?

By William J. Price

doctorOne of the biggest concerns for someone who has been seriously injured in an accident is if and when they’ll be able to return to work. As the weeks go by and the bills pile up, the stress of not knowing when you’ll earn your next paycheck can make it difficult to focus on your recovery.

Depending on your circumstances and the severity of your injury, some employers may give you a hard time for needing to take time off. If you find yourself in this situation, one simple step can strengthen your claim for lost wages and help you get back on your feet after an injury. Continue reading “Do you need a doctor’s note for time off of work after an injury?”

Elk & Elk Attorney William Price to present at Ohio State Bar Association program

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Elk & Elk Attorney William Price will discuss the ins and outs of negligence cases during an Ohio State Bar Association CLE program. Continue reading “Elk & Elk Attorney William Price to present at Ohio State Bar Association program”

Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?

medical recordsBy William J. Price

After you’ve suffered a serious injury, it can be hard to get your mind off the future. Will you be able to go back to work? How will your medical bills get paid? What impact will your injuries have on your loved ones?

Being able to provide a thorough, documented health history can greatly improve the value of your case and help you get your life back on track as you recover. Continue reading “Can your prior health history strengthen your personal injury case?”

Two important ideas to keep in mind when answering questions in a deposition

continuing legal educationBy William J. Price

If you’re ever forced to file a lawsuit, there are many steps you’ll need to take with your lawyer before the claim can be resolved.

Before your case goes to trial, you’ll typically be asked to take part in a deposition. This step in the discovery process gives lawyers from both sides the opportunity to find out what their witnesses know about the incident and to make a record of these testimonies. The lawyers participating in the deposition will usually ask questions based upon the issues a jury will need to decide in a trial. Continue reading “Two important ideas to keep in mind when answering questions in a deposition”

How your medical records can influence the compensation you receive after an accident

By William J. Price

medical recordsThe things you say or fail to say to your doctors after an accident can be crucial to the outcome of your case. Most victims assume they will recover from their injuries within a few weeks of the accident. When an auto accident victim arrives at a doctor’s office, they typically focus on the most severe injury and fail to bring up their smaller ones. Insurance companies can use this omission as a limitation on the victim’s compensation.

Doctors record the subjective complaints of the patient once the exam begins. After a crash, accident victims commonly fail to be specific and thorough when advising the doctor of their injuries. Smaller injuries, which tend to be overlooked, often grow worse in the days or weeks after the accident. The further these complaints are removed from the date of the accident, the more likely the insurance carrier will not consider them for compensation.

For example, a person who hurts their neck and lower back in an accident, but fails to mention the back pain for 2 to 3 months following the accident will potentially be precluded from any type of payment for the lower back injury. This is a common problem.

Until your pain is completely resolved, don’t be afraid to monopolize your doctor’s time and identify every body part injured in the accident. Otherwise, you will never receive full compensation.

About Elk & Elk Attorney William J. Price

William J. Price focuses his practice on personal injury litigation for people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products, negligence in construction sites, and trucking and auto accidents. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

 

Why won’t the insurance adjuster call me back?

By William J. Price

insurance adjusterEvery plaintiff has the same complaint: “The insurance adjuster will not call me back.”

It’s not unusual, and the adjuster is not making the matter personal.

Your case is classified as a claim, and adjusters do not call people back due to the volume of claims. An efficient and diligent adjuster handles hundreds of claims and typically receives dozens of phone calls each day. All companies have a policy of returning phone calls within 24-48 hours, but most adjusters will never meet this deadline.  Continue reading “Why won’t the insurance adjuster call me back?”

How to Avoid Gaps in Your Treatment After an Injury

By William J. Price

gap in treatmentA gap in treatment is a period of time when there is no documented medical treatment.

For example, if you are in an accident and do not go to the emergency room for over 30 days, there is a 30-day gap in treatment.

A second type of gap can occur when there’s an extended break between treatments. For example, if you’ve been receiving consistent treatment and then stop for four months before making another appointment, this is considered another gap in treatment. Continue reading “How to Avoid Gaps in Your Treatment After an Injury”

4 things you need to know about contingency fees

By William J. Price

contingency feeA contingency fee contract delays a lawyer’s legal payment until a financial result is reached between the client and the defendant’s insurance company. The verdict or settlement includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Under a contingency arrangement, the attorney’s payment is a percentage – usually 33% – of this amount. Continue reading “4 things you need to know about contingency fees”